Reports of Haunted Public Houses from the Paranormal Database

 
 


James Gully

Location: SW12 (Greater London) - Bedford public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This building is reputed to be haunted by one Doctor James Gully, convicted when the Bedford was a courthouse in Victorian England.


 
 


Flustered by Women

Location: SW3 (Greater London) - King's Head & Eight Bells public house, Cheyne Walk
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1997
Further Comments: The agent at work here is antagonised whenever a new female member of staff begins work - for a few days afterwards, it pushes past patrons on the stairs and plays with the gas taps and the heating in the basement. Cheyne Walk itself is reportedly haunted by a bear - it once was a popular place for bearbaiting.


 
 


Sarah

Location: SW4 (Greater London) - Plough public house, Clapham Common
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1970s
Further Comments: Dressed in white, Sarah has been seen standing in the pub's bedrooms, her raven hair running over her shoulders. The ghost may be linked to the discovery of a secret, bricked up room in 1970.


 
 


Cat

Location: Swaffham (Norfolk) - Market Cross public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Early July 2007
Further Comments: A cat has been seen in the building running across the bar area. A member of staff who spotted the animal in July 2007 mistook it for a real creature, only to be told otherwise when she mentioned her encounter to others. There are also stories of a phantom man who sits by the fireplace with a beer.


 
 


Waiting Wife

Location: Swanbridge (South Glamorgan) - Captain's Wife public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This public house is named after a local tale which says a phantom fisherman's wife haunts the area, awaiting the return of her husband who was lost during a storm. Another legend says when the captain's wife died, her body was kept in a box - the box was stolen, mistaken for treasure.


 
 


Sky Ship

Location: Swanscombe (Kent) - Church and nearby Blue Anchor public house
Type: UFO
Date / Time: 1211
Further Comments: A group here for Sunday service watched a strange ship drop anchor from the heavens, which became entangled around a gravestone. One of the crew jumped overboard and headed towards the anchor, moving as if swimming. Witnesses grabbed the stranger as he reached the ground; he struggled briefly before drowning, even though on dry land. The remaining crew in the ship severed the rope of the anchor and sailed away; the strange artefact was melted down and used to make the hinges on the local church doors.


 
 


Returning Items

Location: Swindon (Wiltshire) - Boundary House public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2013
Further Comments: Manager Dave Howells called in a paranormal investigation team after he noticed items which had vanished turn up again years later. The team claimed to have found five ghosts in total; Catherine and James in the bar, Amy and Tilly in the upper part of the building, and Alf in the basement.


 
 


Attack in the Cellar

Location: Swinton (Yorkshire) - Bull's Head public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: Two men were attacked in the cellar by an unknown presence, one requiring several stitches to a head wound. Phantom voices have also been heard on the telephone, and footsteps have been heard echoing around.


 
 


Maggie Stobbart

Location: Talkin (Cumbria) - Blacksmith's Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Mid twentieth century?
Further Comments: Stobbart was the landlady at the pub at around the Victorian era - her form has been reported since her death.


 
 


Judge Jefferys

Location: Taunton (Somerset) - Tudor Tavern
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Spotted in the inn, Jefferys' shade still haunts the town where he held the Bloody Assizes.


 
 


Lady in Blue Dress

Location: Tebay (Cumbria) - Cross Keys public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1990s
Further Comments: This ghostly entity has been seen in a bedroom within the inn, and often moves makeup and toiletries around. Some have named her as Mary Baynes, a local witch who died circa 1811, who was upset with a former landlord after his dog killed the witch's cat.


 
 


Footsteps

Location: Tewkesbury (Gloucestershire) - Berkeley Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: The sounds of a person walking on the staircase are often heard, though the figure is never seen.


 
 


Hooded Figure

Location: Thurgoland (Yorkshire) - Wortley Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: August 2011
Further Comments: Photographer Paul Cocker claimed to have caught a phantom hooded figure in a doorway of this public house, although the image published online by a local newspaper looks slightly suspect.


 
 


Lady May

Location: Tipton (Staffordshire) - The Park public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: Lady May was the young daughter of a squire who suffered a major haemorrhage and died in the attic. Since then, the loft has been home to bangs, crashes, and a light switch which insists on turning itself on.


 
 


The Captain

Location: Toddington (Bedfordshire) - Bedford Arms public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: More often heard walking in the upper parts of the building than seen, the few witnesses who have spotted 'The Captain' say he is a large bearded man wearing a seafaring uniform.


 
 


The Landlord's Daughter

Location: Toddington (Bedfordshire) - The Bell public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Poltergeist activity in the kitchen is blamed on a former landlord's daughter who died in the room after a fit. It is reported that one landlord left in 1995 after being repeatedly woken at night by an unseen presence, and his replacement actually spotted the girl's apparition.


 
 


Lady with Large Hat

Location: Tonbridge (Kent) - The Cardinal's Error public house, Lodge Oak Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seen sitting at the base of a bed by two different ladies, the true history of this ghost is unknown.


 
 


Civil War Horse

Location: Towcester (Northamptonshire) - Brave Old Oak public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Several ghosts are said to haunt this pub, including a horse from the Civil War, a child, and something in the cellar.


 
 


Screaming Children

Location: Trowse (Norfolk) - White Horse public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2004
Further Comments: As well as the upset children, witnesses have reported hearing footsteps along deserted corridors in the pub, and pictures have fallen from the walls without reason. The landlord claims to have managed to capture 'orbs' flying around the building on CCTV.


 
 


Young Girl

Location: Truro (Cornwall) - The Star public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Said to have been murdered close by, this forlorn shade now occasionally pops up in the pub.


 
 


Friar

Location: Truro (Cornwall) - William the Forth public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Built on the site of a friary, the former occupants of which appear reluctant to leave.


 
 


Cowboy

Location: Tunstall (Staffordshire) - Ancient Briton Public House (no longer operational)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Circa 2006
Further Comments: A video recorded on a mobile phone was said to contain the image of a ghostly cowboy, though the 'ghost' resembles light flare. A previous landlord claimed his child spoke to the phantom cowboy, who would move the child's socks.


 
 


Landlord's Wife

Location: Turville (Buckinghamshire) - Bull and Butcher public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: The sound of barrels being moved has been reported coming from the cellar, though on investigation everything is always in the correct place. A ghostly woman has been spotted a couple of times, and is thought to be the shade of a publican's wife who was murdered in the 1940s.


 
 


Mr Chicket

Location: Upham (Hampshire) - Brushmakers Arms public house
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Chicket was murdered for his money while staying at the pub. Even though this event occurred a couple of hundred years ago, his shadowy form still flits around the site.


 
 


Chickett

Location: Upham (Hampshire) - Brushmaker's Arms public house, Shoe Lane
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: Murdered for his vast wealth, Mr Chickett can sometimes be heard counting his former fortune. Phantom footfalls have also been reported in the building


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